SocialChorus Closes $7.5M in Series B Funding and Opens Vancouver Office

Socialchorus logoSAN FRANCISCO – September 18, 2014 – SocialChorus, the only Advocate Marketing platform purpose-built for all employees and brand ambassadors, announced today that the company has secured $7.5 million in Series B funding and will open its first international office in Vancouver, Canada. The investment round was led by Kohlberg Ventures and brings the company’s total funding raised to $15.5 million. The Series B round will be used to further develop the SocialChorus platform to meet the needs of the Global Fortune 1000.
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Akademos Launches Textbook Adoption Tool, an Online Portal for Selecting the Best Textbooks Based on Quality and Value

Easy Discovery of Textbooks with Faculty Peer Reviews from a Comprehensive Library of Learning Materials

Norwalk, CT (PRWEB) April 18, 2012

Akademos, Inc., a leading provider of integrated online bookstores and marketplaces for educational institutions, announced today that it has launched the Akademos Textbook Adoption Tool, which is the most comprehensive online portal for faculty to choose textbooks based on quality and value.

With the cost of textbooks skyrocketing and many students choosing to forgo their book purchases, the Akademos Textbook Adoption Tool aims to reduce textbook costs by allowing faculty to access and compare textbooks across 3,600 subjects and 2 million books.



London Book Fair 2012: Open Road Launches International Program with Mondadori

Open Road Integrated Media has teamed with Italian publishing giant Mondadori to digitize, distribute and market English-language e-book versions of titles from Mondadori’s catalogue. Mondadori is Open Road’s first foreign publishing  partner and kicks off the company’s international publishing partner program. “Open Road is committed to working with international publishers to bring works from foreign countries to a wider audience than they have ever had before,” said Open Road cofounder Jane Friedman. “We are excited to build on the success we have enjoyed with our American partners and to start our international publishing program with Mondadori.” The announcement was made today at the London Book Fair.

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Author of her own destiny


By Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

The solitary bookcase in Jane Friedman’s SoHo office is half empty. Her home library has 10,000 volumes, she says, but after a 40-year publishing career that saw her rise from being a Dictaphone typist at Random House to chief executive of HarperCollins, she rarely picks up a hardback nowadays.

Three years after her abrupt exit from Rupert Murdoch’s books division, Ms Friedman now reads on an Amazon Kindle. It is one of many changes since setting up Open Road Integrated Media in 2009 to crack the challenging market created by the Kindle and rival e-reading devices, such as Barnes & Noble’s Nook and the Sony Reader, and Apple’s iPad.

At the helm of HarperCollins, Ms Friedman oversaw a staff of 3,000, from New York to New Delhi. Now her employees number about 25 and she is not ready to disclose her start-up’s revenues and targets.

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